Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Veterinary Science

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College: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.00 for graduation; usually 2.50 for vet school application
Minor Available: Yes
Advisor: Michael Carlson
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Veterinary Science

COLLEGE: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

MAJOR: Veterinary Science

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Science in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

HOURS REQUIRED: 120

MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.00 for graduation; usually 2.50 for vet school application

MINOR AVAILABLE: Yes

ADVISOR: Michael Carlson

DESCRIPTION

Director and Associate Dean: Donald L. Reynolds, School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, 120C Vet Basic Sciences

Professors: Barletta, Doster, Griffin, Grotelueschen, Hardin, Kelling, Moxley, Osorio, Pattnaik, Pickard, Randle, Reddy, Reynolds, Steffen

Associate Professors: Brodersen, Burkey, Franco-Cruz, Harris, Hostetler, Kammermann, Keen, Sollars, Somerville, Wiebe, Wood

Assistant Professors: Loy, Ondrak, Xiang

Research Professor: Zhou

Research Associate Professors: Delhon, Topliff

Assistant Professors of Practice: Carlson, Cortinas, B. Jones, VanWormer, Whitmore

Lecturer: McFee

The bachelor of science in veterinary medicine and biomedical science degree allows students to enter into the biomedical science or animal health career fields as a veterinary scientist. It helps qualify students for admission to a veterinary medical school.

Courses in veterinary science are designed to broaden students’ knowledge of anatomy, biochemistry, histology, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, pathology, pharmacology, toxicology, and virology as they relate to diverse mammalian species.

Graduates may obtain employment in veterinary product sales, research and development; biotech and pharmaceutical industries; biomedical science laboratories; federal, state and local health-related agencies; and in animal care.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Veterinary Science Core Requirements (82-92 credits)

The following basic courses are required for all students majoring in veterinary science. Additionally, students must select and meet the requirements of one of the veterinary science options.

College Integrative Course3

SCIL 101 Science and Decision-Making for a Complex World3

Veterinary Science5

VBMS 101 Success in Veterinary Science1

ACE 10/Capstone: VBMS 403 Intergrated Principles & Prevention of Livestock Diseases (4 cr) or VBMS 417 Neurobiology: Cells to Senses (4 cr)4

Natural Science Courses45-52

Life Sciences20-26

LIFE 120 & LIFE 120L Fundamentals of Biology I & Lab (ACE 4)4

LIFE 121 & LIFE 121L Fundamentals of Biology II & Lab (ACE 4)4

BIOS 312 Microbiology (3 cr) and either BIOS 313 Molecular Microbiology Lab (2 cr) or BIOS 314 Microbiology Lab (1 cr)4-5

Genetics4

AGRO 315 Genetics (4 cr) or BIOS 206 General Genetics (4 cr)4

Anatomy and Physiology4-9

Select from the following options:

Option 1: ASCI 240 Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals (4 cr)

Option 2: BIOS 213 & BIOS 213L Human Physiology & Lab (4 cr) and either BIOS 214 Human Anatomy (5 cr) or VBMS 407 Introduction to Veterinary Anatomy (4 cr)

Physical Sciences21

CHEM 109 General Chemistry I (ACE 4)4

CHEM 110 General Chemistry II (ACE 4)4

CHEM 251 Organic Chemistry I3

CHEM 252 Organic Chemistry II3

CHEM 253 Organic Chemistry I Lab1

CHEM 254 Organic Chemistry II Lab1

PHYS 141 Elementary General Physics I5

Biological Chemistry4-5

Select from:

BIOC 321 & BIOC 321L Elements of Biochemistry & Lab (4 cr)

BIOC 431 Structure & Metabolism (BIOS 431/CHEM 431) (3 cr) & BIOC 433 Biochemistry Lab (BIOS 433/CHEM 433) (2 cr)

Mathematics and Statistics5-8

At least 5 credit hours selected from:

MATH 102 College Trigonometry (2 cr)

MATH 103 College Algebra & Trigonometry (5 cr) (only 2 credits apply)

MATH 104 Applied Calculus (ACE 3) (3 cr)

MATH 106 Calculus 1 (ACE 3) (5 cr)

STAT 218 Introduction to Statistics (ACE 3) (3 cr)

Communications9

Written Communication (ACE 1)6

Select two from:

ENGL 150 Writing & Inquiry (3 cr)

ENGL 151 Writing & Argument (3 cr)

ENGL 254 Writing & Communities (3 cr)

JGEN 120 Basic Business Communication (3 cr)

JGEN 200 Technical Communication I (3 cr)

JGEN 300 Technical Communication II (3 cr) (if not taken as ACE 2 course)

Oral Communication (ACE 2)3

Select one from:

ALEC 102 Interpersonal Skills for Leadership (3 cr)

COMM 209 Public Speaking (3 cr)

COMM 286 Business & Professional Communication (3 cr)

JGEN 300 Technical Communication II (3 cr) (if not taken as ACE 1 course)

Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences15

Economics (ACE 6)3

Select one from:

AECN 141 Introduction to the Economics of Agriculture (3 cr)

ECON 200 Economic Essentials & Issues (3 cr)

ECON 211 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 cr)

ECON 212 Principles of Microeconomics (3 cr)

ACE Courses12

Select one course each from ACE outcomes 5, 7, 8, and 9.

Biomedical Science Option (27 credits)

Veterinary Science Courses

Select a minimum of 15 credits from the following:15

VBMS 403 Integrated Principles & Prevention of Livestock Diseases (if not taken for ACE 10/Capstone requirement) (4 cr)

VBMS 407 Introduction to Veterinary Anatomy (if not taken for anatomy & physiology requirement) (4 cr)

VBMS 408 Functional Histology (4 cr)

VBMS 410 General Pharmacology & Toxicology (4 cr)

VBMS 417 Neurobiology: Cells to Senses (if not taken for ACE 10/Capstone requirement) (4 cr)

VBMS 441 Pathogenic Microbiology (BIOS 441) (3 cr)

VBMS 496 Independent Study in Veterinary Science (1-5 cr)

VBMS 499H Honors Thesis (3-6 cr)

Biomedical Science Courses

Select a minimum of 12 credits from the following:12

ASCI 320 Animal Nutrition & Feeding (3 cr)

ASCI 341 Physiology & Management of Reproduction (4 cr)

ASCI 421 Advanced Animal Nutrition (3 cr)

ASCI 442 Endocrinology (BIOS 442) (3 cr)

ASCI 441 New Techniques in Reproductive Biology (3 cr)

ASCI 443 Physiology of Animal Cells and Tissues (3 cr)/p>

BIOS 313 Molecular Microbiology Lab (if not taken for microbiology requirement) (2 cr)

BIOS 326 Biology of Viruses (3 cr)

BIOS 385 Parasitology (4 cr)

BIOS 420 Molecular Genetics (MBIO 420) (3 cr)

BIOS 427 Practical Bioinformatics Lab (3 cr)

BIOS 440 Microbial Physiology (MBIO 440) (3 cr)

BIOS 443 Immunology (MBIO 443) (3 cr)

BIOS 487 Field Parasitology (4 cr)

ENTO 300 Toxins in the Environment (BIOS 300/NRES 300) (3 cr)

FDST 372 Food Safety & Sanitation (NUTR 372) (3 cr)

FDST 405 Food Microbiology (BIOS 445) (3 cr)

FDST 406 Food Microbiology Lab (BIOS 446) (2 cr)

FDST 425 Food Toxicology (2 cr)

FDST 455 Microbiology of Fermented Foods (2 cr)

FDST 455L Microbiology of Fermented Foods Lab (1 cr)

PHYS 142 Elementary General Physics II (ACE 4) (5 cr)

PLPT 370 Biology of Fungi (AGRO 370/HORT 370) (3 cr)

Any of the following if not taken for ACE 10/Capstone or Veterinary Science course requirements:

VBMS 403 Integrated Principles & Prevention of Livestock Diseases (ACE 10/Capstone) (4 cr)

VBMS 407 Introduction to Veterinary Anatomy (4 cr)

VBMS 408 Functional Histology (BIOS 408) (4 cr)

VBMS 410 General Pharmacology & Toxicology (4 cr)

VBMS 417 Neurobiology: Cells to Senses (ACE 10/Capstone) (4 cr)

VBMS 441 Pathogenic Microbiology (BIOS 441) (3 cr)

VBMS 496 Independent Study in Veterinary Science (1-5 cr)

VBMS 499H Honors Thesis (3-6 cr)

Electives1-11

Total Hours for Graduation120

ADDITIONAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Veterinary Medicine Option

This option is for UNL students who enter a veterinary professional program before earning their UNL BS in veterinary medicine and biomedical sciences degree and who have completed all of the Veterinary Science Core Requirements, except ACE 10. This option allows them to transfer credits from an AVMA-COE-accredited professional veterinary medical program to fulfil the rest of the degree requirements.

Selected equivalent courses from college/school of veterinary medicine*28-38

Ethics & Jurisprudence** (ACE 10 equivalent capstone course)4-5

Veterinary Anatomy I6

Veterinary Anatomy II4

Veterinary Histology4

Animal Physiology I4

General Veterinary Pathology3

Systemic Veterinary Pathology4

General Electives0-9

Core Requirements86-94

Veterinary Medicine Option29-30

Total Hours for Graduation120

* These credits will be transferred from an accredited college or school of veterinary medicine. The student must have successfully completed two years of study toward a DVM/VMD degree.

** This course must include ethics, animal welfare, and jurisprudence to qualify as the capstone for the major and also must be certified as ACE 10 equivalent. For students enrolled in the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine at UNL and the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, the capstone equivalent is the two-course sequence, VMED 511 and VMED 512 Foundations of Veterinary Medicine I (3 cr) and II (2 cr) respectively.

Grade Rules

GPA Requirements

A minimum cumuilative GPA of 2.00 is rquired for graduation.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 is generally requred for application to a veternary school. Exact GPA requirement for admission should be obrained for each veterinary school to which application is to be made.

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR OFFERED BY DEPARTMENT

Veterinary Science Minor

The veterinary science minor is designed for students from across the University with interests in animal health, biotechnology, and biomedical sciences. Students completing a minor in veterinary science will be better prepared to apply to professional schools and will also be candidates for graduate research positions after they complete their baccalaureate degree. The course of study leading to the minor should be developed in consultation with the chief preveterinary advisor in the School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. A total of no more than 3 hours of credit in VBMS 496 and no more than 6 credits of VBMS 499H can be applied to the minor. The veterinary science minor will consist of satisfactory completion of at least 12 credit hours of formal course work in veterinary and biomedical sciences selected from the following upper division courses:

Requirements for the Minor12

Select from:

VBMS 303 Principles & Prevention of Livestock Diseases (3 cr)

VBMS 403 Integrated Principles & Prevention of Livestock Diseases (4 cr)

VBMS 408 Functional Histology (BIOS 408) (4 cr)

VBMS 410 General Pharmacology & Toxicology (4 cr)

BMS 417 Neurobiology: Cells to Senses (4 cr)

VBMS 441 Pathogenic Microbiology (BIOS 441) (3 cr)

VBMS 496 Independent Study in Veterinary Science (1-5 cr)

VBMS 499H Honors Thesis (3-6 cr)